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Do I Have To Follow A Set Curriculum When Homeschooling?

One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is the fact that you get to choose the direction that your child’s or children’s education takes. At the same time, this is one of the most daunting tasks involved in homeschooling. Because you are not and cannot be an expert in every subject area, it is important that you find ways for your child or children to have access to a wide variety of educational materials and experiences that will help them to learn as much as they possibly can. While it is not always necessary to follow a set curriculum when homeschooling, it can often be very advantageous to do so.

In some states and localities, there are regulations that concern homeschooling that make it almost a necessity to homeschool. Often homeschool students may be required to demonstrate knowledge or learning ability in a large number of subject areas. Having access to a set curriculum when homeschooling can be a tremendous advantage in these sorts of situations.

Even if you do use a set curriculum when homeschooling, it is important to realize that you are still in charge of your child’s education. If there is something in the set curriculum that you would like to see your child explore further, you have that option. Although the curriculum may not provide additional resources, you can certainly supplement the curriculum with a wide variety of your own sources. At the same time, if a curriculum uses materials that you may not approve of, such as its approach to values or a particular theological twist, you can work around that portion of the curriculum without having to use it.

Many parents who homeschool set their own curriculum. There is nothing wrong with this in and of itself. However, if this is the method that you choose to use, you should make sure that you have done the proper research to find out what sorts of materials you can best use in your own set homeschool curriculum to make sure that your child’s or children’s education is reliable, effective, and thorough.

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